The FCRV Campvention 2022 will be celebrating ‘Rocky Mountain Bliss’ July 10-15, 2022 at the Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo, Colorado.  Early bird days are July 8 & 9.  Pueblo is located about 112 miles south of Denver, the Colorado state capital.  The fairgrounds reside on eighty acres of land that contains paved streets, an outdoor amphitheater, outdoor stages, and impressive landscaping.  Trees line the streets, and there are shaded grass areas to sit and relax.  FCRV will have exclusive use of all facilities, parking areas, and grounds.  All buildings have either AC or swamp coolers to keep us cool.  The camping areas will be a combination of full-hookup sites and water & electric sites.  All parking will be strictly HOBO-style; sites will be assigned as you arrive at the gate.  If you want to camp next to someone, you must arrive together.

We gathered in Elkhorn, Wisconsin in 2021 after missing a year due to Covid-19.  In July, 2022, we’re looking for a larger gathering as more of our members feel comfortable to travel.  ‘Rocky Mountain Bliss’ in July in Pueblo, Colorado!  See you there!

CAMPVENTION 2022

  Details

Date:

July 10-15, 2022
Early Bird July 8th-9th


Location:

Colorado State Fairgrounds
1001 Beulah Ave.
Pueblo CO 81004

🗺️ Google Maps


Website:

https://coloradostatefair.com/


Cost:

Early Bird fee is $35.00 per Night Payable at the gate by cash or check.
Campvention Pre-Registration is $335.00 for one family in unit.


Event Organizer Contact:

Jeff and Shirley Kendle
Camppueblo2022@gmail.com

 Registration Options

Deadline For Pre-Registration:  June 1, 2022
Pay By Check: PDF Form
Pay Online: Not available at this time. 

 Event Form PDFs

ENTERTAINMENT – 2022 CAMPVENTION

ENTERTAINMENT – 2022 CAMPVENTION

Campvention 2022 is just around the corner.  This year the 62nd Annual Campvention will take place at the Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo, Colorado – July 10th through July 15th.  Registration forms can be found on the FCRV National website:  Campvention 2022 – Family Campers and RVers (fcrv.org)The deadline is near, so send in your Registration Today.

Make sure you pack your dancing shoes as the Entertainment Committee has scheduled three fantastic groups for your enjoyment.  And if that’s not enough, on Wednesday, there will be a Family Dance with music provided by “Sounds In Succession”.

Send in your Campvention Registration and don’t miss out on the fun.

SHELVIS AND THE ROUSTABOUTS
MONDAY – JULY 11th

Make sure you have your dancing shoes on for the first night of  entertainment at Campvention 2022.  Lori “Shelvis” Muha is an   entertainment powerhouse. She captures the audience with her amazing vocals.  Lori aka “Shelvis” focuses on the music of Elvis, Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash and other rockabilly pioneers.  Shelvis and the Roustabouts transport the audience to a time when rock was born. 

The entertainment is uniquely created by Lori.  This one-of-a-kind artist provides nothing short of electrifying impersonations of some of our most beloved male entertainers yet recreated and delivered by a female artist! 

Shelvis and the Roustabouts continue to consistently draw large crowds and maintain a “sold out” status at local venues statewide.  Her loyal fan base packs the house wherever they play and stays until the end.  It’s not a gig, it’s a SHOW!!!  

Shelvis and the Roustabouts was voted Denver’s Best Band (2019) by the readers of 5280 Magazine.  Shelvis’s love for people and the stage will be quite evident from start to finish.

TRIPLE NICKEL
TUESDAY – JULY 12th

For all of you country fans out there, get ready for some line dancing, two-stepping, and country swing.  Triple Nickel will be in the house on Tuesday, July 12, 2022.

Triple Nickel has established itself as one of the hottest bands of its kind in Colorado.  Triple Nickel is a 5-piece group that performs today’s top 40 country covers and “Americana-Country” originals.  Triple Nickel consistently provides a high energy, professional show with a signature sound all their own. From George Strait to Van     Morrison to Matchbox 20, Triple Nickel has something for even the most discriminating music enthusiast!  Triple Nickel travels throughout Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. No matter where they preform Triple Nickel has the ability to draw an audience.

Triple Nickel has shared the stage with artists such as Emerson Drive, Brian White, Daryl Worley, John Michael Montgomery, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Mark Chestnut, Colt Ford, Grainger Smith, Vanilla Ice, Pat Green, Brett Young, Josh Abbott Band, Midland, Firefall, Ely Young Band, Charlie Daniels, Lonestar, and so many more! The band itself has also been, and continues to be, the headliner for regional fairs, festivals, and special events. 

Come out and join the fun!!

JUKE JOINT CRUISERS
T
HURSDAY – JULY 14th

Juke Joint Cruisers is a three-piece Rockabilly band. Rockabilly was the first wave of Rock & Roll that originally came out of Memphis with artists such as Elvis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.

This music caught on in other parts of the country such as Texas where Buddy Holly emerged as a star. Juke Joint Cruisers plays all of these great artists and revival bands such as the Stray Cats and Reverend Horton Heat. Chuck Berry is a favorite the band likes to play, and they are known to throw a few Country songs in from that era, such as Hank Williams or Web Pierce.

Juke Joint Cruisers takes the audience back to a great period in America when times were simpler, less crowded and people came out and danced to this red hot music on Friday and Saturday nights. Make no mistake, this is not a “doo-wop” group. The boys not only play the music authentically, but look the part as well with vintage instruments, dressed in an authentic look and slicked back      pompadours. There will be no question what kind of music Juke Joint Cruisers will be playing for the evening.

The band released its first CD of all original music in January of 2011 after which time songs have been played on area radio stations.

YOUTH ACTIVITIES – CAMPVENTION 2022

ROCKY MOUNTAIN SUMMER CAMP SEE YOU ALL SOON!!!

Hiya Campers! 

For months we have been saying that Campvention is just around the corner, however, this time it really is true. With the 2022 Campvention in Pueblo, Colorado only a month away, we at the Rocky Mountain Summer Camp just wanted to give you a final reminder of all the fun and exciting activities awaiting those 12 and under at this year’s Campvention.

With a full schedule of fun activities, games, and crafts that will begin on Tuesday and continue through to Friday evening, there is much in store for Youth attendees.

 

With this wide array of activities, games, and crafts, we hope the Youth attending Campvention 2022 will have plenty to do and lots of fun, so please do not forget to bring your youth and register them for the Rocky Mountain Summer Camp during Youth Registration!

Youth Registration at the 2022 Campvention will take place in the DCR (Do Colorado Right) building from 1- 5 pm on Friday, from 9 am-12 pm and 2-4 pm on Saturday, and 10 am-12 pm and 1-3 pm on Sunday. While we prefer for those registering youth to do so on these days, we will also accept youth registrations at the Youth Parent Meeting on Monday which will be held from 4-5 pm in the DCR (Do Colorado Right) building. Upon arrival to youth registration, we ask that parents/guardians provide a current photo of their youth. Other information, such as the name of the registering youth, the name of their parents/guardians, home state/province, campsite location and number required upon registration can be found on the youth registration form. 

Registration forms for the Youth Program or the Rocky Mountain Talent Show can be found in Camping Today or on the FCRV Region 1 Campvention 2022 Facebook Group

 

As always, please be on the lookout for further announcements regarding the Rocky Mountain Summer Camp and Campvention 2022 that can be found in Camping Today, on the FCRV Region 1 Campvention 2022 Facebook group, and by email. 

We are looking forward to seeing you all this summer, and if you have any questions about the Rocky Mountain Summer Camp program, please email camppueblo2022@gmail.com

See you all soon, 

Your Camp Counselors, Breanna and Dez

For Activities:

  • A night of Family Bingo
  • A carnival-themed Family Fun Day
  • A pizza party and an afternoon spent at an onsite splash pad
  • A Rocky Mountain Talent Show (open to all ages)
    • Multiple Talent Show registrations for those seeking to perform as a group and/or individual act are more than welcome and should be emailed to brecheese520@gmail.com or turned into Youth Registration from Friday to Sunday during Campvention
  • A family dance for all ages
  • A bring your own lunch family picnic for youth and their families, with popsicles provided
  • A “Bear” Hunt
  • And Farewell Campfire with s’mores

For Crafts:

  • Tie-Dye fun
  • Painting Bird Houses
  • Making Friendship Bracelets and Necklaces
  • And Making Macrame Keychains with an alternative activity for younger youths, rock painting

With this wide array of activities, games, and crafts, we hope the Youth attending Campvention 2022 will have plenty to do and lots of fun. 

Given the Youth Program’s extensive itinerary, some general supplies you should bring with your youth this summer includes:

  • Towels
  • Sunscreen
  • And clothes that you would not mind getting dirty or wet
    • (For activities that include painting and water fun such as Tie-Dye, Birdhouses, Splash Pad Fun, and Water Balloon Games; a swimsuit and painting smock/apron would suffice) 

Some specific supplies you will need to send with your youth include:

  • A white shirt for Tie-Dye 
  • A personal family lunch for the Family Picnic 
  • PLEASE NOTE: On Tuesday afternoon, we are planning on having a pizza party for the youth. If your youth has any dietary restrictions that would prevent them from eating pizza, please send your youth with a personal lunch for that day. 

TALENT SHOW:

As Campvention 2022 approaches, we at the Rocky Mountain Summer Camp are excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for the Rocky Mountain Talent Show from all those who plan to attend this summer’s Campvention in Pueblo, Colorado!

We are looking for talented individuals, musicians, dancers, comedians, and performers who would like the opportunity to perform to register for the Rocky Mountain Talent Show today! Registration forms will be excepted by email before Campvention and should be emailed to brecheese520@gmail.com  (A Rocky Mountain Talent Show registration form can be found within Camping Today and on the Region 1 Campvention 2022 Facebook page). However, for those wishing to register for the talent show at Campvention, forms will be available during Youth Registration (locations and times for Youth Registration will be available in the Campvention 2022 schedule). 

As always, we are looking forward to seeing you all in 2022, and if you have any questions about the Rocky Mountain Summer Camp program, please email camppueblo2022@gmail.com

For Games:

  • Indoor Games including:
    • Miniature indoor bowling
    • Giant Jenga
    • Speed Cup Stacking
    • And more with optional Coloring Pages and Puzzles set aside for those wishing to take it easy inside for an afternoon
  • A game of Water Balloon Capture the Flag with a scavenger hunt alternative activity for younger youth
  • And some classic Summer Camp Games including:
    • An Egg Race (using fake, plastic eggs)
    • A Fill-up Bucket Race
    • A Beach Ball Keep Up game
    • A Rock, Paper, Scissors Hula Hoop Race
    • A Water Balloon Toss
    • And some alternative activities for younger youths including bubble blowing and a game of soccer.

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

For the past few months, you have all heard me enthusiastically promote this year’s Youth Program, the Rocky Mountain Summer Camp, for this upcoming 2022 Campvention. Well, with a full itinerary of fun awaiting the youth this summer, I am now calling for volunteers for the program’s many activities, games, and crafts we have planned for those 12 and under. 

I am calling for volunteers for the following:

Activities:

  • Family Bingo 
  • Family Fun Day Nacho Sales
  • Pizza Party and Splash Pad Fun
  • “Bear” Hunt
  • Farewell Campfire

Games:

  • Indoor Games
  • Water Balloon Capture the Flag
  • Scavenger Hunt 
  • Summer Camp Games 

Crafts:

  • Tie-Dye Fun
  • Painting Bird Houses
  • Friendship Bracelets and Necklaces
  • Macrame Keychains
  • Rock Painting 

With this wide array of activities, games, and crafts, we hope the Youth attending Campvention 2022 will have plenty to do and lots of fun; however, we do need volunteers to make sure the program runs smoothly. If you are interested in volunteering for any of the above activities, games, or crafts please email me at brecheese520@gmail.com 

 

As always, please be on the lookout for further announcements regarding the Rocky Mountain Summer Camp and Campvention 2022 that can be found in Camping Today, on the FCRV Region 1 Campvention 2022 Facebook group, and by email. 

 

           We are looking forward to seeing you all this summer, and if you have any questions about the Rocky Mountain Summer Camp program, please email camppueblo2022@gmail.com

 

See you all soon, 

Your Camp Counselors, Breanna and Dez

SEMINARS – CAMPVENTION 2022

CAMPVENTION 2022 SEMINARS, SEMINARS, AND MORE SEMINARS…..

Campvention 2022 is less than a month away.  This year the 62nd Annual Campvention will take place at the Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo, Colorado – July 10th through July 15th.  Registration forms can be found on the FCRV National website:   Campvention 2022 – Family Campers and RVers (fcrv.org) along with a massive amount of information.

The seminar committee has worked hard to provide an array of seminars for your enjoyment.  Below is a rundown of some of the seminars that will take place during Campvention.  This is not a complete list, there are more to come.

Sunday – July 10th 

  • Line Dancing – In preparation for our fabulous entertainment scheduled for Tuesday night, join Patti to learn how to line dance so you can get up and have some fun!  

Monday – July 11th

  • RV Fire Safety – Start your Campvention off with the first of our safety seminars.  RV fires can be disastrous.  A fire can start from a simple blown tire while traveling down the road, while cooking, or while sleeping.  Learn how to properly use and maintain your RV’s fire extinguisher and safely escape in the event of a fire.  This session will also touch on safe and proper use of your RV’s fuel source – propane and diesel – as well as safety around the campfire.
  • Don’t Gamble with Your Health & Life when Traveling – SkyMed is the premier medical emergency company with 18 rescue services including helicopter.  The pandemic has created new emergency complications for people needing to get to home hospital & SkyMed does this for pennies a day. 
  • The Taste of Pueblo – Join Chef Mike and enjoy the wonderful and unique foods of Pueblo through this cooking demonstration that includes  recipes and  recommendations of locations for Pueblo dining and food shopping.
  • Sewing Machine Basic Functions & Supplies – What is happening when your machine begins nesting thread underneath or is skipping stitches.  Everyone is familiar with the term “timing” but what exactly does it mean?  Whether mechanical or computerized, your machine is based on the same principles of sewing – to create the perfect stitch for your project.  We’ll also touch on the different feet available and why it’s important to know which foot to use for what stitch.  Do you have the right tools?  Make sure you have the basic supplies and never, ever let someone borrow your scissors!
  • Let’s Talk RV’ing – No matter how long you have been on the road in your RV, you will surely learn something at this seminar.  Fred has been RVing full time for over 16 years and is the author of RV 101 by Fred.  His seminar will target important RV     related subjects providing helpful advice and troubleshooting tips for tires, batteries, electrical issues and more.

Tuesday – July 12th

  • Bee Keeping 101– Join FCRV President, Gerry Pfirsch, as he shares his conservation skills by helping to improve the bee population – a critical resource to the world’s food production as all plants need pollination.
  • Sewing Needle Anatomy, Bobbins, and Threads, Oh My – Do you know that needles differ in size, structure, and Job?  Not all needles are alike. We will also take a look at the Inner Rotary Hook or more commonly known as the bobbin case and how it interacts with the needle.  Just as important are the bobbins and yes, there are different sizes.  The final area will be the importance of using the correct thread for your project.  Come see how all of these simple components play a major role in your finished projects.  
  • Easy Line Dancing Lessons – Last chance to learn line dance steps and do line dances before the Tuesday evening entertainment.
  • Staying Connected on the Road – Learn how you can stay connected on the road – from internet connectivity to television entertainment. KING has quality portable solutions to help RV’ers with all their Wi-Fi, Cellular, Satellite Antenna, and Over-the-Air television needs.

Wednesday – July 13th

  • Beauty and Skin Care – Benefits of using Mary Kay skin care lines. Timewise/Botanical/Clear proof/Timewise Repair, Tips on make-up applications.
  • Pueblo Street Rods Viewing – This is an excellent opportunity to be treated to the sights and sounds of some of the most beautiful, best constructed vintage vehicles ever assembled. 
  • What Does the Government & News Media Say Today Regarding Extraterrestrials? – In 2021 the NSA and Pentagon released information confirming there was a cover up at Roswell, NM.  Both bodies and aircraft were recovered by the U.S. Army Air Forces on July 8, 1947.  Yet even today Wikipedia refuses to acknowledge this latest press release and coins it a “conspiracy theory.”  Join this multi-media presentation by a local astronomer and discover the truth for yourself.
  • The Value of CBD – Learn how CBD can improve the quality of your life.
  • Don’t Gamble with Your Health & Life when Traveling – SkyMed is the premier medical emergency company with 18 rescue services including helicopter.  The pandemic has created new emergency complications for people needing to get to home hospital & SkyMed does this for pennies a day. 
  • All About Dutch Oven Cooking – Join us in the Grandstands and get all your questions answered about the preparation, use and cleaning of your Dutch Oven Cookware.  Enjoy the fruits of our efforts in this demonstration.
  • Emergency Preparedness & Use of Drones – In the wake of the State of Colorado’s worst wildfire, listen to the advice Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office has which will help you prepare for an emergency evacuation. They will show off some of their special equipment and drones. If weather conditions permit, there will be a demonstration of the drone’s in-flight capabilities immediately after the presentation.

Thursday – July 14th

  • First Aid – As RV’ers  we spend a lot of time by ourselves or at remote campsites.  While we don’t have time to    become CPR certified, this session will teach you the basics of first aid.  Learn how to stop bleeding, take care of burns, and attempt to keep someone alive until help arrives.
  • Artocade and Art Cartopia Viewing – Cars, trucks, bikes, motorcycles, and drivable “sculptures” beyond your wildest imagination will astound and amaze you.
  • Artocade and Art Cartopia Museum – A short and fun look at the variety of “art cars” and the people who make them with special focus on Art Cartopia Museum and Artocade in Trinidad, CO.

Friday – July 15th

  • The 200th Anniversary of the Santa Fe Trail – Spend an hour with this author to learn all about the people who traveled the Santa Fe Trail and the goods they brought and traded. You’ll have an opportunity to    observe period firearms and personal effects.
  • Dutch Oven Cast Iron Cooking – Explain and show how to cook/bake with cast iron dutch ovens using charcoal.  Will show how to stack, cook, and make Pineapple Upside Down Cake and a 3-piece meal

Campvention 2022 [March Update]

UPDATE:  GOLF CART RENTALS FOR 2022 CAMPVENTION

The 2022 Campvention Team has arranged for rentals of individual golf carts with Mile High Golf Carts.  They only have a handful of golf carts left for members to rent.   After those have been rented there is not a guarantee that additional golf carts will be available because July is their busiest time of the year.  If you would like to rent an individual Golf Cart, please contact Staci as soon as possible at 303-833-1400.  Staci will prepare a contract and collect the amount due at the time you call.

MARKETPLACE AND HOSPITALITIES

Don’t forget to submit your reservation forms for the Marketplace and Hospitalities.  Forms can be found in prior issues of Camping Today or on the FCRV website.

POP TABS

Who likes to transport buckets and bags of pop tabs to Campvention? For one thing they are heavy and take up room. We have decided that we don’t want anyone to have to transport their pop tabs to Pueblo, Colorado from all over the country. 

Instead, we are asking you to take them to a Recycling Center between May 15, 2022 and June 15, 2022, get them weighed, obtain a receipt for pounds and the dollar amount. Then take the donated amount to your local Ronald McDonald House or similar charity. Don’t forget to make a copy of the receipts and bring them to Campvention. Make sure you annotate the receipt with your state or chapter and state. This will make it much easier for all and you won’t have to cart that extra weight. 

Once you arrive at Campvention, there will be a box at Registration for you to put your receipt in. Those will be tallied and announced during one of the evening programs. #poptabs

 

MEMORY BOARD

This year at Campvention we will have a “Memory Board” for anyone that desires to post a picture in remembrance of a member, loved one, or a relative. Pictures should not be any larger than a 4 by 6 inch. Don’t have a picture or if you forget to bring one, that’s ok. We will have some index cards available that you can fill out and post. Please retrieve your pictures by Friday, July 15th by noon. #memoryboard

OPENING FLAG CEREMONY

Plans are underway for the Opening Flag Ceremony for Campvention 2022. States and Provinces that plan to attend should bring a 3’ by 5’ state/province flag, flag pole and flag stand. Flags will be displayed all week in the Event Center. #openingflagceremony

Opening Flag Ceremony Rehearsal will take place on Sunday from 3:30 to 4:30 in the Event Center. Flag bearers should bring their flag, flag pole, and flag stand to the practice. The time of the Closing Ceremony rehearsal will be in the Program Book and will take place on Friday.

The Region 1 Opening Ceremony Committee would like to develop a list of the flag bearers from each state and province that plan on attending the Region 1 Campvention. As soon as your state or province flag bearer has been identified, please forward their name, email address, and cell phone number to:

Joe and Sandi Wingert at joe.wingert@gmail.com or Doug & Cheryl Forry at doug4e@comcast.net.  Put Opening Ceremony in the Subject Line.

FAMILY FUN DAY

CARNIVAL will be the theme of this year’s Family Fun Day. As usual the Teens will be offering a hamburger lunch and the Youth will be offering Nachos for a reasonable charge. We plan on both outdoor and indoor games and activities for all ages to enjoy. Family Fun Day is a great way to start off your Campvention week and see your friends, both old and new. #familyfunday

Campvention 2022 Talent Show Registration

Hiya Campers! 

As a part of the Rocky Mountain Summer Camp’s many planned activities, we would like to host a Youth and Teen Talent Show! 

We are looking for talented individuals, musicians, dancers, comedians, and performers who would like the opportunity to perform to register for the Youth and Teen Talent Show today! All registrations are due no later than April 30th, 2022, and should be emailed to brecheese520@gmail.com.  A Youth and Teen Talent Show registration form can be found within this issue)

As always, we are looking forward to seeing you all in 2022, and if you have any questions about the Rocky Mountain Summer Camp program, email camppueblo2022@gmail.com

See you soon,
Your Camp Counselors, Breanna and Dez

TOGETHERNESS!!

We are going to have an “Any Hat” luncheon on Tuesday, July 12, at the 2022 Campvention for all those that would like to attend.  This will be a time to inter-mingle with members from other states and provinces and make new friends.

We are planning to serve Pulled Pork Sandwiches, baked beans, coleslaw, chips, dessert, and a drink.  Estimated cost is $12.00 per person.  For planning purposes please indicate if you plan on attending by marking the box or boxes on your registration form.  

Tickets for the “Any Hat luncheon can be purchased at Central Registration Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Cash or Check only.

CRAFTS

Check out similar crafts that plan to be offered at 2022 Campvention. Check out the 2022 FCRV Campvention Interest Form Crafts & Workshops form with the Campvention 2022 info on the FCRV web site at www.fcrv.org.  Plan to be crafty at Campvention ’22! 

‘CAMPING IS…’ Poster Participation

Hiya Campers! 

With the 2022 Campvention in Pueblo, Colorado fast approaching, we at the Rocky Mountain Summer Camp are excited to see you all this upcoming summer. We are also super excited to see everyone’s creative and colorful ‘Camping is…’ posters! 

What? You don’t know about the ‘Camping is…’ poster contest? Well, here is some information about it:

   The ‘Camping is…’ poster and coloring contest is for FCRV member children up to age 12. 

   There are six age categories: 0-2, 3-4, 5-6. 7-8, 9- 10 and 11-12 years of age. 

   For children in the 0-2 and 3- 4 age groups a coloring page is available for them to submit into the contest. The coloring page will be available for download on the FCRV website at www.fcrv.org

   Under the Members tab, go to Programs and select the Youth Program. 

   Scroll down to find the Camping Is download.

   Children ages 5-12 will create a poster using standard size poster board (22” by 28”) and any art methods they choose to illustrate what camping means to them. 

   A contest is held in each state or province, typically at a Spring campout with the first-place winner in each age group coming to Campvention to compete against all other first place winners. So, please contact your State or Provincial Director to find out when your contest will be held.

For further information regarding the rules and guidelines for the ‘Camping is…’ poster contest, please refer to the FCRV website www.fcrv.org under the Youth Program

Upon arriving at the 2022 Campvention, all ‘Camping is…’ posters are to be turned in during the youth registration in the Cultural Arts Building. 

As always, we are looking forward to seeing you all in 2022, and if you have any questions about the Rocky Mountain Summer Camp program, please email camppueblo2022@gmail.com

See you soon,
Your Camp Counselors, Breanna and Dez

CAMPVENTION 2022 SEMINARS

We have some exciting seminars planned for Campvention, but we also know that FCRV members have a wealth of knowledge and experience that they can pass on to other members and there is not a better place then Campvention to do so.  

So …. If you or you know of someone who would like to be a seminar presenter during the 2022 FCRV Campvention in Pueblo, Colorado July 10 – 15, 2022, please contact Debbie at bddtt@outlook.com or Shirley & Jeff at camppueblo2022@gmail.com.

2022 CAMPVENTION PROGRAM BOOK  

Now is your chance to say thank you or recognize someone special, or perhaps wish someone a Happy Birthday or Happy Anniversary.  Perhaps you want to tell someone in the organization Thank You for all their hard work.  Or you’d like to remember one of our own who has passed and is missed at campvention. You can do any or all these things in the 2022 Campvention Program Book! 

Ad prices are – $5.00 gets you two lines of print, business card size is $15.00, quarter page is $20.00, half-page is $35.00 and a full page is $50.00

Send your check, payable to Colorado Chapters of FCRV, along with your advertisement to Jeff Kendle, 2278 Dogwood Circle, Erie, CO 80516.

Visit Trinidad

by Barb Turner, Campvention PR Chair

With Campvention 2022 in Pueblo, Colorado in July on your calendar, a visit to Trinidad could be added.  Straight south of Pueblo via I-25 is the town of Trinidad, which is just north of the New Mexico border and Raton Pass.  Trinidad might be best known for being one of the stops on the historic Santa Fe Trail.  In the 1800s, trappers coming out of the mountains bartered with traders.  Early ranchers claimed land for their endeavors.  For those early pioneers traveling on to the Sante Fe area, Trinidad provided a rest area and a place to purchase or barter for goods for the rest of their journey. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trinidad,_Colorado   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFX6f4lqmAc  

Today, what attractions await our FCRVers?  (https://vacationidea.com/colorado/best-things-to-do-in-trinidad-co.html#slide6

Trinidad History Museum (312 East Main Trinidad):  Perhaps the first stop would be the museum to learn of the history of Trinidad and the area.  https://www.historycolorado.org/trinidad-history-museum?utm_source=GoogleBusinessListing 

Trinidad Trolley (309 Nevada Avenue):  If you are limited on time, “one of the best ways to get a crash course on Trinidad’s history and the best of its architecture is by taking a ride on the city’s trolley. There are two different kinds of tours available with the Trinidad Trolley, both of which will take you to interesting architectural spots in the city as well as historically significant attractions as well.”  https://www.uncovercolorado.com/activities/trinidad-trolley/ 

Southern Colorado Coal Miners Memorial (101 N Convent Street – in Birdcage Plaza downtown):  The memorial is dedicated to the hundreds of miners and their contributions to the growth of Colorado.  https://www.hmdb.org/m.asp?m=100504 

Coal Miners Memorial Museum (219 W. Main Street):  “The museum is a tribute to the dedicated miners who explored the vast caverns beneath the plains, mountains and mesas of Southeastern Colorado. Here you can discover the industry that built Trinidad by riding a coal car, learning about the history and the workers who challenged the Rockefellers. Tour the lower level that takes you underground offering a peek into the mining experience.”  https://visittrinidadcolorado.com/museums/ 

Art Cartopia Museum (2702 Freedom Road):  “Art Cartopia Museum is an art car museum.  It came into being due to the unexpected but delightful success of ArtoCade, Trinidad’s yearly art car parade dedicated to building community through the arts. Home to over 25 art cars and serving as a regional center of creativity and shenanigans, Art Cartopia opened its doors in the fall of 2018 and hosts a number of art and education-related workshops and events throughout the year.”  If you are into cars, you’ll enjoy this unique museum. https://visittrinidadcolorado.com/museums/   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QW7QvNbZUao

Check out the links in the article.  Decide if Trinidad should be included in your trip to Campvention 2022 in Pueblo, Colorado in July.

Campvention 2022 [February Update]

 Miscellaneous Information for 2022 Campvention

by Jeff Kendle

CAMPING AT THE FAIRGROUNDS AFTER CAMPVENTION:  For those interested in staying at the Colorado State Fairgrounds after Campvention, you may do so for $35.00 per night.  You must coordinate this on your own with the Fairgrounds Office once you arrive and pay them directly for the nights you are staying.  You must vacate the Fairgrounds by Wednesday by noon, July 20th.  DO NOT include these nights on your Campvention Registration.

EARLY DAYS:   When completing your Campvention Registration form, DO NOT include the cost of the early days.  This will be collected when you arrive and check in at the Registration Office.  Cash or Check Only.

GOLF CART RENTALS:  As of January 7th 2022, there are ONLY two 4-passenger golf carts available for rental.  There are still ten 2-passenger golf carts available.  A 4-passenger golf cart will be $330.00 plus 25.08 tax for a total of $355.08. Delivery fee will be an additional charge of approximately $22.50.  A 2-passenger golf cart will be $295.00 plus $22.42 tax for a total of $317.42.  Delivery fee will be an additional charge of approximately $22.50.  If you would like to rent an individual Golf Cart, please contact Staci as soon as possible at 303-833-1400.  Staci will prepare a contract and collect the amount due at the time you call.

Information from FCRV Region 1 Campvention 2022 Facebook 

Campvention is less than 6 months away. The committees are hard at work planning activities, seminars, and vendors to show their wares. 

We have changed things up a bit this year for Campvention.   A few things that are planned are:

  • Sunday evening – Family Bingo. Cash prizes.
  • Monday – Family Fun Days. Hamburgers will be sold by the Teens to support their activities.   Nachos will be sold by the Youth to support their activities, and there will be carnival booths for everyone.
  • Instead of a separate Red Hat, Hard Hat Luncheon, there will be an “Any Hat” (or no Hat) luncheon for anyone who wants to participate. 

The Colorado Youth Directors will also have a Pizza Party and Water Fun activity for the youth at the same time so those with children do not have to worry about keeping them entertained.

  • Wednesday afternoon:  There will be a Hot-Rod Car Show.
  • A Family Dance for all attendees with a DJ. 
  • On-ground restaurant to be open at certain times is in the works, for those that want a break from cooking. 
  • Entertainment is locked in. Leading off on Monday will be Shelvis and the Roustabouts, Tuesday will be Triple Nickel, and Thursday will be Juke Joint Cruisers.
  • Seminars will take place, some geared toward RV’ing. 
  • At least three crafts will be offered.
  • Centralized campfire is in the works.

There is much more planned than what is listed above. So, send your registration now and don’t miss out on the fun.   Registration form can be found at: https://fcrv.org/

We also have a few volunteer positions that still need to be filled. For information on these, please contact camppueblo2022@gmail.com

Rocky Mountain National Park Info

For those coming to Colorado this year and planning on visiting Rocky Mountain National Park, take note of the reservation system to enter the park this summer. Read the post for specific information.

Rocky Mountain National Park will be implementing a pilot temporary timed entry permit reservation system beginning on May 27, 2022.

Two types of reservations will be available. One permit will be for the Bear Lake Road Corridor, which includes the entire corridor, as well as access to the rest of the park. This reservation period will be from 5 am to 6 pm. 

The second permit will be for the rest of Rocky Mountain National Park, excluding the Bear Lake Road corridor. This reservation period will be from 9 am to 3 pm. Permits issued using the reservation system will allow park visitors to enter the park within two-hour windows of availability. 

The reservation system will apply to all areas of the park. 

Reservations to enter the park will go on sale through www.recreation.gov at 10 am Mountain Daylight Time on Monday, May 2. This round of reservations will be available to enter the park from May 27 through June 30. 

The next release will occur on June 1, for the month of July and any remaining days that have not been booked for June. On July 1, reservations will be available for the month of August and any remaining days that have not been booked for July. 

On August 1, reservations will be available for the month of September and any remaining days in August that have not been booked. 

On September 1, reservations will be available for October and any remaining days in September that have not been booked. 

Initially, 30 percent of permits will be held and available for purchase the day prior at 5 p.m. through recreation.gov.  These are expected to sell out quickly ,and visitors are encouraged to plan ahead when possible.

For more detailed information and Frequently Asked Questions on timed entry permits to help you prepare for the summer season, visit https://www.nps.gov/…/pla…/timed-entry-permit-system.htm

Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the busiest national parks; third in the country in 2019 with over 4.6 million visitors. This represents a 42 percent increase in visitation in seven years. Visitor crowding and congestion at the park have led to increased negative impacts to visitor and staff safety, resource protection, visitor experience and operational capacity. The park has piloted various visitor use management strategies over the last six years.

There are several different reservation systems that are being implemented across the National Park Service. Other national parks that have announced various types of reservation requirements this year include Arches National Park, Glacier National Park, Acadia National Park, Muir Woods National Monument, Shenandoah National Park, Haleakala National Park and Zion National Park.

Hello Crafty Campers!

by Chris Hawkins and Bettie Miller, Campvention Crafts Chairs

 

We are thrilled to have you visit our wonderful state. 

We have been working on organizing some neat crafts for those who enjoy crafting and creating. A few of the projects we are working on are clay-pot people, bottlecap magnets and wind chimes.  

In this edition of Camping Today, you will find an interest form.   Please complete the form if you are interested in attending one or more of the craft sessions and return to us.  This will help us plan on the amount of craft supplies we need to have.  We would also like to offer some workshops; please fill out the form and indicate any workshops you might be interested in.  

If you have a craft or hobby that you would like to share in a workshop form, please let us know.  We will contact you to determine supplies, costs, experience level, etc.…

The form can be emailed to us at: cotechroughingit@gmail.com  

Please put “Crafts” in the subject line.  Thanks, and happy Camping,

Seminar Announced…. Antenna Manufacturer KING

Minnesota-based KING, the creator of the Tailgater portable satellite antenna, will be hosting a seminar at this year’s Campvention to help educate members on the challenges of staying connected to the internet while on the road.  The talk will discuss improving campground Wi-Fi reception, as well as creating connectivity inside the RV while boondocking.  KING has a dynamic new line of Wi-Fi and Cellular Signal Boosters and will be sponsoring several product giveaways.

Personal Golf Cart Insurance Awareness

by Harold Johnson, Golf Cart Chair

We all operate vehicles without expecting the worst; however, sometimes accidents do happen.  Here are a few points to consider when operating either a personally rented golf cart or a personally owned golf cart at Campvention.  

  • Homeowner’s policies:
    • May not extend coverage to rented golf carts.
    • If your homeowner’s policy covers golf carts, that coverage may be limited to operation on your property; some policies might extend coverage to operation on a golf course; your policy may also limit coverage to personally owned golf carts and, by omission, exclude rented golf carts.
    • Your policy may specifically exclude golf carts.
  • Automobile policies:
    • May not extend coverage to rented golf carts.
    • May not cover personally owned golf carts.

 

At Campvention 2022, Mile High Golf Cars has offered to rent golf carts to individuals; however, please be aware that no insurance coverage is offered or available with your rental.  Personal golf cart rentals are between you and Mile High Golf Cars, and I’m told that FCRV’s general liability coverage does not extend to personally rented or personally owned golf cart operation.  Mile High Golf Cars will expect any golf cart damages, including theft, to be paid for by the renter, and you could also be held personally liable for any injuries or property damage.  Also, please be aware that it is not unusual for an insurance company that may cover injuries or damages to their policyholder to later seek recovery of claims paid from the responsible party.

To add a bit of personal research on coverage, I have two different homeowner’s policies from different insurance companies and neither policy covered rented golf carts.  I have auto insurance policies from two different auto insurance companies, and only one of the companies extended coverage to a rented golf cart.  I’m not mentioning the companies here because policies vary between states and individual circumstances.

Please protect yourself, read your insurance policies, and check with your insurance company on what your specific policies cover.

Campvention 2022 Talent Show Registration 

by Your Camp Counselors, Breanna and Dez

Hiya Campers! 

As a part of the Rocky Mountain Summer Camp’s many planned activities, we would like to host a Youth and Teen Talent Show! 

We are looking for talented individuals, musicians, dancers, comedians, and performers who would like the opportunity to perform to register for the Youth and Teen Talent Show today! All registrations are due no later than April 30th, 2022, and should be emailed to brecheese520@gmail.com  (A Youth and Teen Talent Show registration form can be found within this issue)

As always, we are looking forward to seeing you all in 2022, and if you have any questions about the Rocky Mountain Summer Camp program, please email camppueblo2022@gmail.com

See you soon, 

Campvention 2022 Food Drive Information

by Teresa Walorski

Campvention 2022 will be supporting a local food bank, Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado.   Donations are especially needed this year with so many more families in need.

Please plan to bring non-perishable items, such as canned foods, peanut butter, boxed cereals, rice, beans, pasta and pasta sauce, shelf stable milk, and oatmeal.   No clothing or hygiene items, please.  We will also accept cash donations.

The Food Drive will be hosted by Teresa Walorski and Karen Fleming along with the Rambling Recs.   We will have a table set up and be available to drop off your food items throughout the week.  Times to be determined.   
Food will be delivered to the Care and Share office in Pueblo on Friday, July 15th.   So, the deadline for dropping off your canned goods will be Thursday, July 14th,so we have time to organize.   

Visit Victor, Colorado

by Barb Turner, Campvention 2022 Publicity Chair

Campvention 2022 in Pueblo, Colorado in July offers so many opportunities to explore ‘Colorful Colorado’.  Sites to explore have been noted in previous issues of Camping Today.  Victor, an interesting site to explore, is less than 100 miles north and west of the campvention site, around the backside of Pikes Peak.  Unlike neighboring Cripple Creek which is teeming with casinos, Victor has remained an old mining town with a population of less than 400.  The elevation is 9,708’. 

Victor was founded in 1891, shortly after gold was discovered nearby.  “The town was named after the Victor Mine, which may have been named for an early settler, Victor Adams.  Battle Mountain, located just above Victor, had the largest, most prolific mines in the mining district, and the town became known as the ‘City of Mines.’  Victor officially became a city on July 16, 1894.  In 1894, the Woods brothers discovered gold when they began digging the foundation for a building, which resulted in the creation of the Gold Coin Mine. At that time, 8,000 people lived in Victor.  

The town boomed as the surrounding Cripple Creek mining district quickly became the most productive gold mining district in Colorado.  Mines in Victor and Cripple Creek provided 21 million ounces of gold.  The mining district, which hit its peak in 1900, became the 2nd largest gold district in the country’s history. 

“Although Victor’s fame was overshadowed by that of its neighbor, Cripple Creek, many of the best gold mines of the Cripple Creek district were located at Victor, including Stratton’s Independence Mine and Mill and the Portland Mine.  Half of Battle Mountain’s gold was extracted by the Portland Mine, which was called the ‘Queen of the District’.   Heavyweight boxing champion William Harrison ‘Jack’ Dempsey was a mucker in the Portland Mine. 

“Mine owners and investors lived in Cripple Creek, while most of the miners for the districts’ 500 mines lived in Victor.”   

Explore more of the history of Victor at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victor,_Colorado 

Suggestions of what to see and do while in Victor:

Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mine: tour this operating, open-pit gold mine.  Tickets are purchased at the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum at $8.50 per person with all proceeds going to the museum.  After donning a hard hat and vests, you’ll board a small bus for your tour.  The observation point to view the mine is at 10,000’.  https://www.visitcos.com/areas/cripple-creek/victor-gold-mine/

The Victor Lowell Thomas Museum: (298 Victor Ave) –  https://victormuseum.com/   The Victor Lowell Thomas Museum is an original 1899 building that houses two floors of artifacts, books, exhibits and photographs depicting the life in Victor from its beginnings to the heyday of gold mining.”  Who was Lowell Thomas?  “Lowell Thomas was an American writer, actor, broadcaster, and traveler, best remembered for publicizing T. E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia). He was also involved in promoting the Cinerama widescreen system.  In 1954, he led a group of New York City-based investors to buy majority control of Hudson Valley Broadcasting, which, in 1957, became Capital Cities Television Corporation.”  He was born near Greenville, Ohio in 1892.  The family moved to Victor, Colorado when he was 8 in 1900.  He worked there as a gold miner, cook, and reporter, graduating from Victor High School in 1911.  Higher education: Valparaiso University, University of Denver, and Princeton University.  Learn more about Lowell Thomas at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lowell_Thomas

Enjoy walking the small business district.  And, if you like the casinos, make the short drive to Cripple Creek which I’ll explore in a later article.  Check out these YouTube videos to prepare you for your visit to Victor, Colorado as a side-trip from Campvention 2022 in Pueblo in July.  

https://video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=yfp-t&ei=UTF-8&p=victor%2C+co#id=7&vid=fcd93a339cc82298e00b388f0125610a&action=click

https://video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=yfp-t&ei=UTF-8&p=victor%2C+co#action=view&id=44&vid=725cf7f7944eadfbc0a058ae52984eba

Campvention 2022 [January Update]

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR YOUR TRIP TO “COLORFUL COLORADO

By Jeff & Shirley Kendle, Campvention Chairs

Before your trip to Campvention this summer, and while you are here, be sure to drink plenty of water.  This is the number one way to help your body adjust easily to Colorado’s higher altitude. The low humidity in Colorado keeps the air dry, like the desert, so you need about twice as much water here as you would drink if you were coming from a state with humidity.

Another thing to be aware of is the air, golf balls go ten percent farther… and so do cocktails. Alcoholic drinks pack more of a wallop than at sea level. It is recommended that you go easy on the alcohol, as its effects may feel stronger here.  Eat foods high in potassium, such as broccoli, bananas, avocado, cantaloupe, celery, greens, granola, dates, dried fruit, potatoes, and tomatoes.  These foods help replenish electrolytes by balancing salt intake.

Colorado receives over 300 days of sunshine each year so don’t forget to bring the sunscreen, sunglasses, and lip balm and dress in layers.  It can feel much warmer than the actual temperature during the day, and it often cools down in the evenings.  

One other thing, the effects of exercise are more intense in Colorado than lower altitudes, so take it easy the first few days.  Come for early days and relax a bit before all the Campvention activities start.  Early day fee is only $35.00 a night.  

Rocky Mountain Summer Camp Hello Message

Hiya Campers and Parents! 

Here at the Rocky Mountain Summer Camp, we are so excited to see you next summer in Pueblo, Colorado, at the 2022 FCRV Campvention! 

           We have many fun crafts, games, and activities planned for all those 12 years and under to include a pizza party and water fun.  Parents don’t forget to register for the 2022 Campvention! (A copy of the Youth Registration form that will be turned in at Campvention can be found within this issue).  

Also, be on the lookout for further announcements regarding the Rocky Mountain Summer Camp that can be found in Camping Today, on the FCRV Region 1 Campvention 2022 Facebook group, and by email.  

           We are looking forward to seeing you all in 2022, and if you have any questions about the Rocky Mountain Summer Camp program, please email camppueblo2022@gmail.com

See you soon, 

Your Camp Counselors, Breanna and Dez

Campvention 2022 Talent Show Registration 

Hiya Campers! 

As a part of the Rocky Mountain Summer Camp’s many planned activities, we would like to host a Youth and Teen Talent Show! 

We are looking for talented individuals, musicians, dancers, comedians, and performers who would like the opportunity to perform to register for the Youth and Teen Talent Show today! All registrations are due no later than April 30th, 2022, and should be emailed to brecheese520@gmail.com  (A Youth and Teen Talent Show registration form can be found within this issue)

As always, we are looking forward to seeing you all in 2022, and if you have any questions about the Rocky Mountain Summer Camp program, please email camppueblo2022@gmail.com

See you soon,
Your Camp Counselors, Breanna and Dez

Scheduling Hospitalities for Campvention 2022

By Larry Scott, Hospitalities Chair

I recently posted an article in Camping Today inviting states & provinces to host Hospitalities at the 2022 Campvention being held in Pueblo Colorado.  So far, I have received applications for two Hospitalities.  The first will be hosted by Colorado after the Opening Ceremony on Sunday July 10th, and the other will be hosted by Region 4 after the Closing Ceremony on Friday July 15th.  That leaves four nights of entertainment in between that would be perfect opportunities for hosting a Hospitality afterwards and meet and greet our fellow campers. Also, afternoons are a perfect time to be a host. (Especially with something cold).  I look forward to hearing from you.  A fillable pdf file for making an application is included in this issue of Camping Today.  That application form also includes my e-mail address and my phone number if you need to contact me with questions. Assignment of time slots are on a first come, first served basis. The deadline is May 1, 2022

RV101

By Fred Brandeberry, Seminar Presenter at Campvention 2022

I come to you with this tale of woe.
How some people Hook Up their RV, OH< OH< OH< NO NO NO
The Circuit Breaker, they do not find.
He Plugs it in and Sparks go Flying.
And does he see the gunk on the faucet, of course not.
Some fellow washed his sewer hose out on the morrow.
Will he never spray the disinfectant, to keep us all from getting sick?
And will he always run his Engine so long, does no one get any peace?
The animals, they roam to YIP and leave deposits on the Lomin.
Must we walk through a campsite and not go around?
My privacy lost to a camper unknowing.
And, what’s the speed of that Rig, Car or Truck, does he not know a kid is afoot?
My Tale of Woe is coming to an end.
We Thank You all for your attention, And do have a Happy Camping Season.
Come Hook Up with Fred, he may know how do it,
To my surprise, he just might know what to do.
My RV Purrs, my Fresh Water Flows, & Flows, My waste Water Drains,
My neighbors are Happy, and so are we.

Copyright Protected 6-29-2007, by Fred Brandeberry, SR.

TRIPLE NICKEL BAND

For all of you country fans out there, get ready for some line dancing, two-stepping, and country swing.  Triple Nickel will be in the house on Tuesday, July 12, 2022.

Triple Nickel has established itself as one of the hottest bands of its kind in Colorado.  Triple Nickel is a 5-piece group that performs today’s top 40 country covers and “Americana-Country” originals.  Triple Nickel consistently provides a high energy, professional show with a signature sound all their own. From George Strait to Van Morrison to Matchbox 20, Triple Nickel has something for even the most discriminating music enthusiast!  Triple Nickel travels throughout Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. No matter where they perform Triple Nickel has the ability to draw an audience.

Triple Nickel has shared the stage with artists such as Emerson Drive, Brian White, Daryl Worley, John Michael Montgomery, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Mark Chestnut, Colt Ford, Grainger Smith, Vanilla Ice, Pat Green, Brett Young, Josh Abbott Band, Midland, Firefall, Ely Young Band, Charlie Daniels, Lonestar, and so many more! The band itself has also been, and continues to be, the headliner for regional fairs, festivals, and special events.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h02A4VjTYNY 

Come out and join the fun!!

Campvention 2022 [December Update]

CAMPING IN COLORADO SUMMER OF 2022

by Jeff & Shirley Kendle

For those that plan on coming to Campvention in Pueblo, Colorado and plan to tour the beautiful state of Colorado you might want to think about making your reservations early if you plan on camping in a State Park or a National Park  

With over 4,000 campsites in Colorado State Parks located throughout the state, you would think you would not have a problem camping at a State Park.  Think again; camping is so popular in Colorado that if you don’t make your reservations at least six months in advance, you probably won’t get a site especially at some of the most popular state campgrounds.

This is the same if you plan on camping in Rocky Mountain National Park.  You need to make your reservations six months in advance.

A variety of outdoor recreation opportunities at Colorado State Parks or Colorado National Park complete the perfect outdoor escape.

To make reservation at a State Park in Colorado visit the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website:  https://www.cpwshop.com/ or call 1-800-244-5613 six months in advance. 

To make reservations at Rocky Mountain National Park visit https://www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/camping.htm or call 877-444-6777 six months in advance.

POP TABS AT CAMPVENTION

by Jeff & Shirley Kendle

Who likes to transport buckets and bags of pop tabs to Campvention?  For one thing they are heavy and take up room.  We have decided that we don’t want anyone to have to transport their pop tabs to Pueblo, Colorado from all over the country.  

Instead, we are asking you to take them to a Recycling Center between May 15, 2022 and June 15, 2022, get them weighed, obtain a receipt for pounds and the dollar amount.  Then take the donated amount to your local Ronald McDonald House or similar charity.  Don’t forget to make a copy of the receipts and bring them to Campvention.  Make sure you annotate the receipt with your state or chapter and state.  This will make it much easier for all, and you won’t have to cart that extra weight.  

Once you arrive at Campvention, there will be a box at Registration for you to put your receipt in.  Those will be tallied and announced during one of the evening programs.

MEMORY BOARD

by Jeff & Shirley Kendle

This year at Campvention we will have a ‘Memory Board’ for anyone who desires to post a picture in remembrance of a member, loved one, or a relative.  Pictures should not be any larger than a 4 by 6 inch.  Don’t have a picture or if you forget to bring one, that’s ok.  We will have some index cards available that you can fill out and post.  Please retrieve your pictures by Friday, July 15th by noon.

Rocky Mountain Summer Camp Hello Message

Camp Counselors, Breanna and Dez

Hiya, Campers and Parents! 

It’s your Camp Counselors, Breanna and Dez again.  We are excited to see that some families have already registered and there will be some youth attending the Rocky Mountain Summer Camp.  We are so excited to see you next summer in Pueblo, Colorado, at the 2022 Campvention hosted by Region 1! 

           We have many fun crafts, games, and activities planned for all those 12 years and under.  So, don’t forget to register for the 2022 Campvention! (A copy of the Youth Registration form that will be turned in at Campvention, can be found within this issue)

Also, be on the lookout for further announcements regarding the crafts and activities that will take place at the Rocky Mountain Summer Camp.   Want to know more, check out Camping Today and the FCRV Region 1 Campvention 2022 Facebook group. 

           We are looking forward to seeing you all in 2022, and if you have any questions about the Rocky Mountain Summer Camp program, please email camppueblo2022@gmail.com

See you soon!

MARKETPLACE

by Allison Moore

Interested in raising money for your Chapter by selling your Chapter projects, OR for yourself by selling your own craft/hobby items or other merchandise? 

Now is the time to make your plans and register for the ‘Marketplace’ when you attend Campvention 2022 at the Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo, Colorado, July 10 -15, 2022.

There is not a fee for Chapters; however, there will be a $15.00 fee charged for Individuals.  Space is an eight-foot space which includes one eight-foot table. If a second table is needed, there is no charge for Chapters, but an additional $10.00 is required Individuals for a total of $25.00.  There is a two-table limit.  If supplying your own table, the charge for the space is still the same.

DEADLINE TO REGISTER is May 15, 2022.  Individuals, include your check with your registration and make payable to:  Colorado Chapters of FCRV. Annotate Marketplace on the bottom of the check.

Further information or questions, you can e-mail Allison at hmsmokey@nilenet.com 
Mail your Marketplace form to: Allison Moore, 10636 Niagara Street, Littleton, CO 80124

Visit Colorado Springs

by Barb Turner, Publicity Chair

Campvention 2022 is beckoning you to Pueblo, Colorado next July.  The campvention committee is preparing a wonderful experience for our FCRV attendees.  Activities, entertainment, fun, and fellowship await you.  

Journeying to Colorado also opens up so many ‘things to see & do’ as we’ve noted in past issues of Camping Today and will note in upcoming issues till the event.  With that in mind, Colorado Springs will be highlighted this issue.

Colorado Springs is about 45 miles via I-25 from Pueblo, site of Campvention ’22.  At an elevation of 6,035’, it lies at the eastern foot of the Rocky Mountains.  If offers many opportunities to visitors, many more than this space allows.

The Native American Ute, Arapaho, and Cheyenne tribes are recorded to have inhabited the area.  With the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, exploration began.  Exploration and the discovery of gold in the Pikes Peak area brought waves of new inhabitants.  Explore the history of Colorado Springs at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Colorado_Springs,_Colorado to prepare you prior to your visit.

What to visit?  Check https://www.visitcos.com/things-to-do/ to note things & places that would be of interest to you.  There are so many options.  At this time, I’m going to share a few, not near all.

When one thinks of Colorado Springs and views Colorado Springs on approach, Pikes Peak draws the most attention.  “Pikes Peak is the highest summit of the southern Front Range of the Rocky Mountains in North America at 14,115’.  It is 12 miles west of downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the town of Manitou Springs lies at its base.”  Pikes Peak was the symbol of the 1859 Gold Rush to Colorado with the slogan ‘Pikes Peak or Bust”!  It is named in honor of American explorer Zebulon Pike, who, it is said, never reached the summit.   How to visit?  Driving, cog railway, and even hiking.  We personally enjoyed the cog railway so we both could take in the scenery.  The wife of one of Jim’s college roommates hiked it.  She said there is a nice trail.  That is not an option for most of us!!  Learn about Pikes Peak at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqZUqlAv-g0.

The Garden of the Gods is a ‘must-see’.  The red-rock formations are a result of geological upheaval millions of years ago.  Drive through, stop & explore the many shapes and rock formations.  A hint: explore the Garden of the Gods at sunrise or sunset when the colors are most intense.  It is such an inspiring, wondrous area that nature created.  Check https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LkSv4lrni0 

The United States Olympic & Paralympic Training Center (1 Olympic Plaza) in Colorado Springs is attraction that you might want to include in your Colorado visit.  The website says, “The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs is the flagship training center for the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee and the Olympic & Paralympic Training Center programs. USA Swimming and USA Shooting have their national headquarters on complex. More than 15 other member organizations, as well as two international sports federations and the USOPC headquarters are also located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Colorado Springs Olympic & Paralympic Training Center is able to provide housing, dining, training facilities, recreational facilities and other services for more than 500 athletes and coaches at one time on the complex. Athletes are selected to train at the Colorado Springs OPTC by their respective National Governing Body.  The Colorado Springs Olympic & Paralympic Training Center is home to sport facilities and support services for Olympic, Paralympic, Pan American and Parapan American sports.”  We personally have visited a couple of times over the years.  Note:  at this time the facility is closed to tours due to Covid-19.  Hopefully, it will be open for tours in July.  Visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Us5Tz6REjI

The United States Air Force Academy is found along the Front Range in Colorado Springs.  Officer cadets are trained and prepared to leadership positions in our United States Air Force & United States Space Force.  The academy is the youngest of our military academies.  The first class graduated in 1959.  The Academy is a college, but it is so much more.  Plan on touring the academy while you are in Colorado.  Visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oIFIsD7BDo to prepare for your visit.

Lastly, for this article, Magic Town (2418 W Colorado Ave) in Old Colorado City (in Colorado Springs), is a unique attraction that we found in 2019, the last time we were in Colorado Springs.  It is described as a “Unique venue with realistic, small-scale dioramas of city life rendered with special effects.   Magic Town is a 3,000 square-foot miniature city that combines hundreds of intricately detailed sculptures and cityscapes with magical elements to create one of the world’s truly unique attractions.”  Magic Town is the creation of Michael Garman who passed away last month.  He was an amazing man, an amazing artist.  (https://www.michaelgarman.com/about/)  Suggestion: when visiting Magic Tour do the ‘scavenger hunt’ as you’ll appreciate Garman’s displays so much more.  We spent more time than we would have anticipated and appreciated the interesting displays of everyday life so much more.  Be sure to look down the alleys!  Watch for the holograms!  Watch Michael Garman explain his creation at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DF87ijEXpqc.

Campvention 2022 in Pueblo and Colorado Springs offer many opportunities next summer.

Campvention 2022 [November Update]

‘Rocky Mountain Bliss’

 

The FCRV Campvention 2022 will be celebrating ‘Rocky Mountain Bliss’ July 10-15, 2022 at the Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo, Colorado.  Early bird days are July 8 & 9.  Pueblo is located about 112 miles south of Denver, the Colorado state capital.  The fairgrounds reside on eighty acres of land that contains paved streets, an outdoor amphitheater, outdoor stages, and impressive landscaping.  Trees line the streets, and there are shaded grass areas to sit and relax.  FCRV will have exclusive use of all facilities, parking areas, and grounds.  All buildings have either AC or swamp coolers to keep us cool.  The camping areas will be a combination of full-hookup sites and water & electric sites.  All parking will be strictly HOBO-style; sites will be assigned as you arrive at the gate.  If you want to camp next to someone, you must arrive together.

We gathered in Elkhorn, Wisconsin in 2021 after missing a year due to Covid-19.  In July, 2022, we’re looking for a larger gathering as more of our members feel comfortable to travel.  ‘Rocky Mountain Bliss’ in July in Pueblo, Colorado!  See you there!

CAMPVENTION HOSPITALITIES

by Larry Scott

 

It’s time to think about hosting a hospitality at 2022 Campvention hosted by Region 1.  

We hope that many of you are coming to the Campvention in Pueblo, Colorado next July, and what better way is there to meet new people and renew old acquaintances than to go to a hospitality.  Also, it’s a great way to share the virtues of your home state.  

We attended the 2021 Campvention in Wisconsin, and really enjoyed the meet and greets each evening after the evening program and one hot afternoon; the Teen King held a hospitality with very welcome popsicles.  

To make a long story short, it is time to send in applications to host a hospitality.  Send your applications to Larry Scott at (larryascott@yahoo.com).  The time assignments will be on the first come, first served basis. So please get your requests in as soon as possible.  The deadline is May 1, 2022.  The Hospitality Request Form can be found in this issue of Camping Today.

GOLF CART RENTALS FOR 2022 CAMPVENTION

By Jeff & Shirley Kendle

 

The 2022 Campvention will be held at the Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo, Colorado on July 10 – 15, 2022.  The complex is 80 acres, and we will have exclusive use of the whole fairgrounds.  There will be three 6-passenger trams running daily to help transport members around the fairgrounds to the different activities and functions.

In the past the Campvention Team has sub-rented golf carts for members use during Campvention.  As of 2021, this practice has changed.  Members wishing to rent a golf cart must contact the company directly and make their own arrangements.  

The 2022 Campvention Team has arranged for rentals of individual golf carts with Mile High Golf Carts.  Mile High Golf Carts has set aside ten 2-passenger golf carts and ten 4-passenger golf carts for members to rent. After those have been rented there is not a guarantee that additional golf carts will be available because July is their busiest time of the year.  If you would like to rent an individual Golf Cart, please contact Staci as soon as possible at 303-833-1400.  Staci will prepare a contract and collect the amount due at the time you call.

A 2-passenger golf cart will be $295.00 plus $22.42 tax for a total of $317.42.  A 4-passenger golf cart will be $330.00 plus 25.08 tax for a total of $355.08. In addition, there will be a delivery fee of $22.50 for each cart.   Individual golf carts will be delivered to the Colorado State Fairgrounds on Friday, July 8, 2022.  

If you have any issues with the golf carts, you will need to contact Mile High Golf Carts.

2022 CAMPVENTION ENTERTAINMENT: SHELVIS & THE ROUSTABOUTS

By: Jeff & Shirley Kendle

 

Make sure you have your dancing shoes on for the first night of entertainment at Campvention 2022.  Lori “Shelvis” Muha is an entertainment powerhouse. She captures the audience with her amazing vocals.  Lori aka “Shelvis” focuses on the music of Elvis, Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash and other rockabilly pioneers.  Shelvis and the Roustabouts transport the audience to a time when rock was born. 

The entertainment is uniquely created by Lori.  This one-of-a-kind artist provides nothing short of electrifying impersonations of some of our most beloved male entertainers, yet recreated and delivered by a female artist! 

Shelvis and the Roustabouts continue to consistently draw large crowds and maintain a “sold out” status at local venues statewide.  Her loyal fan base pack the house wherever they play and stay until the end.  It’s not a gig, it’s a SHOW!!!  

Shelvis and the Roustabouts was voted Denver’s Best Band (2019) by the readers of 5280 Magazine.  Shelvis’s love for people and the stage will be quite evident from start to finish.

RED / COWBOY HAT LUNCHEON

by Team 6

 

We look forward to seeing everyone at the Any Hat Luncheon.  This will be a combined luncheon with both women and men attending at the same time.  Have kids?  The RM Summer Camp program is planning to entertain and feed your youth while the Luncheon is in progress!  So, this will be a great event for the whole family to enjoy.  

Make sure and check the “plan to attend” box on your registration form.

FAMILY FUN DAY

by Team 6

 

CARNIVAL will be the theme of this year’s Family Fun Day. As usual the Teens/Youth will be offering lunch for a reasonable charge.  We plan on both outdoor and indoor games and activities for all ages to enjoy. Family Fun Day is a great way to start off your Campvention week and see your friends, both old and new. 

Visit La Junta

by Barb Turner, Publicity Chair

 

About 70 miles east of Pueblo, site of the 2022 FCRV Campvention, is La Junta, situated along the Arkansas River.  La Junta is Spanish for ‘the junction’ – at the intersection of the Santa Fe Trail and a pioneer road to Pueblo.  La Junta developed near Bent’s Post (now designated as Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site) which was a fur trading post in the early 19th century.

In 2019 the FCRV Travalong visited Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site (35110 State Highway 194, La Junta) where we learned that the fur company of Charles Bent, William Bent, and Ceran St. Vrain established the fort to trade with local Native Americans and the fur trappers.  ‘For much of its 16-year history, the fort was the only major white American permanent settlement on the Santa Fe Trail between Missouri and the Mexican settlements. It was destroyed in 1849.’  The area was designated a National Historic Site in 1960.  The fort was rebuilt and is open to visit to explore life during that period in that location.  https://www.nps.gov/beol/index.htm 

The Koshare Indian Museum, 115 W 18th St, La Junta, was another favorite of the 2019 Travalong.  The museum is ‘a registered site of the Colorado Historical Society in La Junta, Colorado. The building, located on the Otero Junior College campus, is a tri-level museum with an attached kiva that is built with the largest self-supporting log roof in the world. The building was built in 1949.’  ‘The museum is different than many of its contemporaries in that it was founded by civic and history-minded local Boy Scouts in the years of the Great Depression.  Under the tutelage of their scout leader, the group set about amassing an impressive collection of Native American artifacts that tell a remarkably complete story of the culture’s fascinating histories.  The museum also hosts special events that include traditional dance and artwork and regularly scheduled guided tours.’

‘In February of 1933, sixteen Boy Scouts met in a backyard owned by the family of one of the boys. Under the inspired leadership of their Scoutmaster and the Koshares’ founder, James Francis “Buck” Burshears, the boys would form the Koshare Club. This club would be the foundation of the Koshare Dancers, the group whose efforts would build and expand the Koshare Museum.’ http://koshares.com/about/ By the late 1930s, the Koshare Dancers found great success as interpretive dancers. Buck and his boys decided to use the funds they earned through their performances to construct a great round room inspired from the kivas of the Anasazi. This structure gave them a new home for their Boy Scout Troop and the inspiration for what would become the Koshare Museum. With change from a pop machine and the dollar bills left in the donation basket, the group began purchasing artwork from New Mexico and Native American artifacts from around the country.

‘Today, their noteworthy collection, an extremely rare museum assembled by kids, contains original artwork from the Taos Art Colony Founders and Santa Fe Art Colony Founders, ancient artifacts from the Plains and Pueblo tribes, and several Western artifacts from the early days of the American West.  For fifty-four years, Buck Burshears would serve as the only Scoutmaster for the Boy Scout Troop and more than 500 of his boys would achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. Buck’s guidance and mentorship provided the foundation for an active and educational youth development program focusing on leadership enhancement, cultural enlightenment, and character enrichment.  The core of the Koshare Youth Program was based on scouting principles with a focus on artistic expression. The museum remains true to its origins and scouting remains a vital element within the Koshare organization.’

We personally first visited the museum and kiva in 1976 and attended the dances which included the snake dance with real snakes.  In 2019 we learned that they no longer use live snakes.  The museum, kiva, and the performance are a highlight of visiting La Junta.

The Crazy Tourist website also suggests visiting Picketwire Canyonlands, 1420 East 3rd St., La Junta, where you can see ancient dinosaur tracks and rock art images by prehistoric peoples.  Visit HERE

If La Junta and any of these sites are of interest to you, visit https://visitlajunta.net/about/explore/ to explore the possibilities for trip to Campvention 2022 in Pueblo, Colorado in July. Look for more touring possibilities in future issues of Camping Today.

Campvention 2022 [October Update]

Rocky Mountain Summer Camp Hello Message

Hiya Parents and Campers! 

Here at the Rocky Mountain Summer Camp, we are so excited to see you next summer in Pueblo, Colorado, at the 2022 Region 1 Campvention! 

We have many fun crafts, games, and activities planned for all those 12 years and under; So, don’t forget to register for the 2022 Campvention!

Also, be on the lookout for further announcements regarding the Rocky Mountain Summer Camp that can be found in Camping Today, on the FCRV Region 1 Campvention 2022 Facebook group, and by email. 

We are looking forward to seeing you all in 2022, and if you have any questions about the Rocky Mountain Summer Camp program, please email camppueblo2022@gmail.com

See you soon, 

Your Camp Counselors, Breanna and Dez

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CAMPVENTION 2022

by Jeff & Shirley Kendle

The 2022 Campvention is just around the corner, and WE NEED YOUR HELP!!  Campvention will be held at the Colorado State Fairgrounds on July 10th – 15th, 2022.  As many of you are aware, it takes a village to put on a Campvention .  Volunteers are still needed for the following: 

  • Secretary –Co-Chair 
  • Communications/Security – Co-Chair
  • Sign/Bulletin Boards – Co-Chair 
  • Hospitalities – Co-Chair
  • Marketplace – Co-Chair 
  • Seminars – Co-Chair
  • Family Dance – Chair & Co-Chair 
  • Teen Center – Chair 
  • Teen Pageant – Chair 
  • Teen Sports – Co-Chair
  • Any Hat Luncheon – 2 Helpers

Your help is also needed once Campvention takes place in areas such as Registration, Security, Tram Drivers, Youth Center, Teen Center, and the Family Center.  If you would like to volunteer to help, make sure you enter that on the bottom of the 2022 Campvention Registration form.

If you or your state or province would like to host an activity in the Youth Center, Teen Center, or Family Center. let us know.  This can be anything from crafts to a movie night.

When you volunteer at Campvention, you have an opportunity to meet members from all over the United States and Canada.  Just ask anyone that has attended a Campvention, and they will tell you about all the friendships they have developed. According to a FCRV survey, sixty percent of members attend Campvention to see friends. 

Please contact Jeff & Shirley Kendle at camppueblo2022@gmail.com if you are interested in volunteering for one of the above positions or in hosting an activity. 

PUEBLO SEMINARS: Informative and Exciting

by  Debbie Detmer

We are working hard to provide important, timely and interesting information to all of you so that there are plenty of seminars for you to enjoy.  

The City of Pueblo is looking forward to hosting us and has agreed to send their police and fire departments to our event.  We expect to have seminars on personal and fire safety as well as being entertained and possibly amazed by their K-9, SWAT, and fire trucks!  

Hungry?  You will be!  Join us for the “Taste of Pueblo” or our Dutch Oven Cooking demonstrations.  

Do you like unique automobiles?  The Pueblo Hot Rod Club and Art Cars may keep you entertained.  

Of course, everyone knows how challenging maintaining your “rolling earthquake” may be – get helpful tips from various vendors and seminars on maintaining your RV.  

These are just a few of the interesting and educational events that are scheduled so far.  We’re continuing to look for new and creative topics you may enjoy.  If you have any suggestions, or would like to present a seminar, please email me at DLD.Ventures@outlook.com.

GOLF CART RENTALS FOR 2022 CAMPVENTION

By Jeff & Shirley Kendle

The 2022 Campvention will be held at the Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo, Colorado on July 10 – 15, 2022.  The complex is 80 acres, and we will have exclusive use of the whole fairgrounds.  There will be three 6-passenger trams running daily to help transport members around the fairgrounds to the different activities and functions.

In the past the Campvention Team has sub-rented golf carts for members’ use during Campvention.  As of 2021, this practice has changed.  Members wishing to rent a golf cart must contact the company directly and make their own arrangements.  

The 2022 Campvention Team has arranged for rentals of individual golf carts with Mile High Golf Carts.  Mile High Golf Carts has set aside ten 2-passenger golf carts and ten 4-passenger golf carts for members to rent. After those have been rented, there is not a guarantee that additional golf carts will be available because July is their busiest time of the year.  If you would like to rent an individual Golf Cart, please contact Staci as soon as possible at 303-833-1400.  Staci will prepare a contract and collect the amount due at the time you call.

A 2-passenger golf cart will be $295.00 plus $22.42 tax for a total of $317.42.  Delivery fee will be an additional charge of approximately $22.50.

A 4-passenger golf cart will be $330.00 plus 25.08 tax for a total of $355.08. Delivery fee will be an additional charge of approximately $22.50.  

Individual Golf carts will be delivered to the Colorado State Fairgrounds on Friday, July 8, 2022.  

If you have any issues with the golf carts, you will need to contact Mile High Golf Carts.

CAMPVENTION HOSPITALITIES

by Larry Scott

It’s time to think about hosting a hospitality at 2022 Campvention hosted by
Region 1.  

We hope that many of you are coming to the Campvention in Pueblo, Colorado next July, and what better way is there to meet new people and renew old acquaintances then to go to a hospitality.  Also, it’s a great way to share the virtues of your home state or province.  

We attended the 2021 Campvention in Wisconsin, and really enjoyed the ‘meet and greets’ each evening after the evening program, and one hot afternoon, the Teen King had a hospitality with very welcome popsicles.  

To make a long story short, it is time to send in applications to host a hospitality.  Send your applications to Larry Scott at (larryascott@yahoo.com).  The time assignments will be on the first come, first served basis. So please get your requests in as soon as possible.  The deadline is May 1, 2022.  The Hospitality Request Form can be found in this issue of Camping Today.

Young Vendor – Kinley Cotton Candy Creations

by Larry Yarberry, Commercial Chair

Kinley McBride is a 10 year old entrepreneur located in Canon City, Colorado.  She founded her business in January of this year.  Since January she has booked over 75 events to include birthday parties, festivals, and weddings.  Kinley has over sixteen flavors and will be bringing her yummy creations for FCRV members to enjoy at Campvention 2022!!!  Prepare to line-up at Kinley’s booth and get some Cotton Candy.

Visit 10-year-old’s cotton candy business takes off in Cañon City | FOX21 News Colorado for more information on  Kinley Cotton Candy Creations.   

Larry Yarberry recommends using www.campspot.com when traveling, especially when traveling to Campvention 2022!

CAMPVENTION 2021 PARKING INFORMATION

Plans are under way for the FCRV 2022 Campvention. The campvention is being held in Pueblo, Colorado.  Registration forms can be found in Camping Today and on the FCRV website.  Parking for the 2022 Campvention will be HOBO style. If you would like to camp with your state/province, you must arrive at the gate with them.   Come early and enjoy the sites surrounding Pueblo, Colorado.  You will not be disappointed.  Hope to see everyone in July.

Recommendations of Places to Visit Before, During, or After Campvention 2022

by Barb Turner, Publicity Chair

After asking the Campvention 2022 Chairs & Co-chairs’ for recommendations of places to visit,  I want to share some of those to aid in your preparation for traveling to Colorado in July.

From Larry Yarberry, Commercial Chair:  Royal Gorge is 36 miles from Pueblo.  “The Royal Gorge is a canyon of the Arkansas River located west of Cañon City, Colorado. The canyon begins at the mouth of Grape Creek, about 2 mi west of central Cañon City, and continues in a west-northwesterly direction for approximately 6 mi until ending near U.S. Route 50. Being one of the deepest canyons in Colorado, it is also known as the Grand Canyon of the Arkansas (River), with a maximum depth of 1,250 ft. The canyon is also very narrow, measuring from 50 ft wide at its base to 300 ft wide at its top, as it carves a path through the granite formations below Fremont Peak and YMCA Mountain, which rise above the north and south rims, respectively.”  Judy Kimzey added, “Royal Gorge Bridge is the highest suspension bridge.   There are several prisons in area, including the Museum of Colorado Prisons, 201 N. 1st Street, Cañon City.  (https://prisonmuseum.org/)  There is also rafting and helicopter tours of area (area known for orchards and fruit crops.”   Visit www.youtube.com and view several videos of the Royal Gorge and visit www.colorado.com/articles/royal-gorge-things-see-do to prepare you for your visit.

Judy Kimzey, Adult Center Chair, suggested several ideas for those traveling to and from Campvention:   Trinidad: camping suggestions -Trinidad Lake State Park or Lathrop State Park in Walsenburg.   2 attractions: Mt. San Rafael Hospital – ceramic tile wall depicting the history of Spanish settlement to mining interests to present created by Sister Agusta Zimmer, a nun in her 80s.  It is  remarkable and colorful.  (www.youtube.com/watch?v=a20Td7L_VPE) The trolley tour of town is suggested for an historical look at how the area was settled, including the hospital renowned for sex change surgeries in late 20th century.  Many Indian weaving and jewelry products are available in town.  Outside of town to the north – site of Ludlow Massacre “which was a mass killing perpetrated by anti-striker militia during the Colorado Coalfield War. Soldiers from the Colorado National Guard and private guards employed by Colorado Fuel and Iron Company (CF&I) attacked a tent colony of roughly 1,200 striking coal miners and their families in Ludlow, Colorado, on April 20, 1914. Approximately 21 people, including miners’ wives and children, were killed. where coal mining work stoppages and owners conflict caused CO militia to be summoned to stop the insurrection.”  Visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qIHN68YNXw to learn about this event.   

Visit the coke ovens just outside Trinidad to the northwest at Cokedale.  Cokedale, a National Historic District.  “Here you’ll find the surreal sight of what looks like is from the Roman Empire. These arching alcoves are actually the remnants of what used to be coke ovens used for smelting coal from the nearby mine.”   www.colorado.com/articles/trinidad-walsenburg-la-veta-cuchara-highway-legends  and www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAzu1gFhnFY

Lyle & Marilyn Luttrell, Campvention Team 4 Co-chairs, shared another interesting site to visit in Trinidad…the Art Cartopia Museum in Trinidad.  “Art Cartopia is an Art Car museum that came about due to the success of ArtoCade, Trinidad’s yearly art car festival. The museum is home to over 35 art cars and serves as a regional center of creativity and shenanigans.  And what is an Art Car? See… art cars are hard to define. Basically, an art car can take a variety of forms, and the results are varied. Some are activist works, others are the result of amazing collaborations, and still others are sculptures on wheels. Many are simply wacky ideas created using found objects and made by ‘cartists’. Creations may take days, months or years to complete. Many are street-legal and highway-ready, others are parade floats.  Our tour was guided by Rodney, who ‘splained features and makings of the many whimsical, quirky, funky art cars on display in the free museum.  Find more Information on the Art Cartopia Museum and Artocade Festival at www.artcartopia.com.”

Next month I will share more suggested places of interest to visit around Campvention 2022 in Pueblo, Colorado in July.  Stay tuned…….

Campvention 2022 [September Update]

Campvention 2022 Introduction

by Jeff & Shirley Kendle, Campvention 2022 Chair


62nd INTERNATIONAL CAMPVENTION
FAMILY CAMPERS & RV’ers – Hosted by Far West Region 1
“ROCKY MOUNTAIN BLISS”

Colorado State Fairgrounds
1001 Beulah Ave., Pueblo, CO 81004

Campvention Days:  July 10 – 15, 2022
EARLY BIRD DAYS: July 8 & 9, 2022 

“Rocky Mountain Bliss” is the theme for the 2022 FCRV Campvention. The Rocky Mountain Bliss team is hard at work planning many exciting and fun activities for a great Campvention week from July 10 – July 15, 2022, with departure on Saturday, July 16th. Future issues of CAMPING TODAY will give details on entertainment, activities, seminars, games, and site-seeing opportunities. 

Check out our Facebook group – “FCRV Region 1 Campvention 2022”.  This is another platform to communicate with FCRV members regarding upcoming events and activities that will take place at Campvention. 

You can find the 2022 Campvention Registration Form in Camping Today, on the FCRV website at Campvention 2022 – Family Campers and RVers (fcrv.org), and on the Facebook Group. 

We can always use your help. So, if you are interested, contact Shirley or Jeff Kendle at camppueblo2022@gmail.com

We look forward to seeing you at the Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo, Colorado for the 2022 Campvention. 

Rocky Mountain Summer Camp Hello Message

by Camp Counselors, Breanna and Dez

Hiya Campers!
Here at the Rocky Mountain Summer Camp, we are so excited to see you next summer in
Pueblo, Colorado, at the 2022 Campvention hosted by Region 1!
We have many fun crafts, games, and activities planned for all those 12 years and under;
So, don’t forget to register for the 2022 Campvention!
Also, be on the lookout for further announcements regarding the Rocky Mountain
Summer Camp that can be found in Camping Today, on the FCRV Region 1 Campvention 2022
Facebook group, and by email.
We are looking forward to seeing you all in 2022, and if you have any questions about the
Rocky Mountain Summer Camp program, please email camppueblo2022@gmail.com
See you soon, Your Camp Counselors, Breanna and Dez

Colorado State Fairgrounds, Pueblo Colorado


By Jeff & Shirley Kendle, Campvention Chair

The location of the 2022 Campvention will be the Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo, Colorado. Many of you may have attended the 2007 Campvention; however, since then there have been numerous improvements to the grounds, buildings, and parking areas. The fairgrounds reside on eighty acres of land that contains paved streets, an outdoor amphitheater, outdoor stages, and impressive landscaping. Trees line the streets, and there are shaded grass areas to sit and relax. We will have picnic tables placed in a few areas so you can sit outside and enjoy your lunch, socialize, and take in the warm summer air. 

For the 2022 Campvention, FCRV will have exclusive use of all facilities, parking areas, and grounds. All buildings have either air condition or swamp coolers to keep us cool during the summer heat. There is even a restaurant on site that we will be negotiating with to have open where you will be able to sit, relax, and have a cool drink. 

There are three parking areas at the Fairgrounds, the Carnival Lot, the Event Center Lot, and Fountain Park. There is a combination of full-hook-up sites and water and electric sites. The majority of the sites have 50 amp; however, some sites have 35 amp. All parking will be strictly HOBO style, and sites will be assigned as you arrive at the gate, so if you want to camp next to someone you must arrive with them. 

See you in Pueblo!!

Pueblo, Colorado


by Barb Turner, Campvention Publicity Chair

Pueblo, Colorado is the site of the FCRV 2022 Campvention where attendees will celebrate ‘Rocky Mountain Bliss’ July 10-15, 2022.  Pueblo is located at the confluence of the Arkansas River and Fountain Creek about 112 miles south of Denver, the Colorado state capital.  The climate is considered semi-arid desert land which experiences about 12 inches of precipitation each year.  It’s located in the ‘Banana Belt’ of Colorado which means that Pueblo gets less snow that the major cities of Colorado.  Snow won’t be an issue in July!!

Historically, James Beckwourth, George Simpson, and other trappers are said to have helped construct the plaza that became known as El Pueblo and Fort Pueblo around 1842.  Trading between the trappers and Native Americans in the area uninterrupted till late 1854 when a war party of Utes and Jicarilla Apaches under the Ute chief Tierra Blanca “allegedly killed between fifteen and nineteen men and captured two children and one woman in what became known as the Fort Pueblo Massacre”.  The trading post was then abandoned till it gained importance again between 1858 and 1859 during the Colorado Gold Rush of 1859.

“By the early 1870s the city was being hailed as a beacon of development, with newspapers like the Chicago Tribune boasting of how the region’s lawless reputation was giving way to orderly agriculture with triumphalist rhetoric. One author crowed of Pueblo that ‘the necessity exists no longer for Sharp’s rifles and revolvers. These have been supplied by the plow and the mowing-machine.’

“Pueblo’s development stretched beyond agriculture. Steel emerged as a key industry very early, and in 1909 the city was considered the only steel town west of the Mississippi River.”  With the growth of the Colorado Fuel & Iron (CF&I) Steel Mill and influx of immigrants to work in the mill, Pueblo became the ‘Melting Pot of the West’ with at one point more than 40 languages were spoken in the steel mill and more than 2 dozen foreign language newspapers were published in Pueblo.

“Until a series of major floods culminated in the Great Flood of 1921, Pueblo was considered the ‘Saddle-Making capital of the World’. Roughly one-third of Pueblo’s downtown businesses were lost in this flood, along with a substantial number of buildings. Pueblo struggled with this significant loss, but has had resurgence in growth.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pueblo,_Colorado

‘The current city of Pueblo represents the consolidation of four towns: Pueblo (incorporated 1870), South Pueblo (incorporated 1873), Central Pueblo (incorporated 1882), and Bessemer (incorporated 1886). Pueblo, South Pueblo, and Central Pueblo legally consolidated as the City of Pueblo between March 9 and April 6, 1886. Bessemer joined Pueblo in 1894.

The City of Pueblo is also known as the ‘Home of Heroes’. This moniker was in a speech in 1993 by then Colorado Representative Scott McInnis as he spoke to Congress about the uniqueness of a city Pueblo’s size having a record four recipients of the Medal of Honor claiming Pueblo as their hometown: William J. Crawford, Army WWII; Carl L. Sitter, Marines Korea; Raymond J, “Jerry” Murphy, Marines Korea; and Drew D. Dix, Army Vietnam. At the time, all four men were alive. The speech, which became part of the Congressional Record, caused the City to adopt the name ‘Home of Heroes’. It has increased in popularity over the years. In September of 2000, a memorial was created with four larger than life size bronze statues representing Pueblo’s four recipients and it included large granite plaques as backdrops at the Memorial with the names of all Medal of Honor recipients since Civil War times when the award was first conceived. This was unveiled in downtown Pueblo at the Pueblo Convention Center during the Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s national convention.

“The flags in the city’s official seal, which fly above the banner ‘under 5 flags’, represent the 5 countries and territories that held dominion over the Pueblo area during the last 2 centuries. Those countries are France, Mexico, Texas, Spain, and of course, the United States of America.  Included in the seal is a representation of old Fort Pueblo, the 1st permanent structure in the area. Pueblo was incorporated in 1870, at the confluence of the Arkansas River and Fountain River. The waters of these 2 rivers are represented by the waves beneath the fort.” (https://www.pueblo.us/119/History-of-Pueblo

Pueblo, Colorado, site of Campvention 2022, is an interesting city and area to explore.  Over the months leading up to Campvention, sites to see and things to do will be shared to prepare our FCRV family when we convene in July, 2022.

Photos – https://www.pueblo.us/119/History-of-Pueblo